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Cameroon’s crises top chart of World’s most neglected – NRC

IDPs of Anglophone crisis in Cameroon (c) copyright

According to the Norwegian Refugee Council NRC, Cameroon’s displacement crises including the Anglophone crisis, the Central African Refugee crisis and Boko Haram insurgency are the most neglected in the world.

In a statement issued Wednesday June 10, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland stated that Africa is home to nine of ten of the World’s most neglected displacement crises, with Cameroon topping the chart for the second year running, followed by DR Congo and Burkina Faso.

According to the NRC, three things contributed to the country’s topping this year’s list once again; ineffective conflict resolution, global news silence and a massive aid funding shortfall.

The crises involved are the Anglophone crisis rocking the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon for close to four years now, Boko Haram insurgency in the Far North region and the Central African Refugee Crisis.

“The deep crises represented by millions of displaced Africans are yet again the most underfunded, ignored and deprioritized in the world. They are plagued by diplomatic and political paralysis, weak aid operations and little media attention. Despite facing a tornado of emergencies, their SOS calls for help fall on deaf ears,” Jan Egeland said.

“Covid-19 is spreading across Africa, and many of the most neglected communities are already devastated by the economic shocks of the pandemic.” Jan Egeland added

He thus called for solidarity with the conflict-stricken communities including Cameroon so the virus does not add more unbearable disaster to the myriad of crises they already face.

Every year, the NRC presents a list of displacement crises the world has “neglected” based on three criteria; lack of funding, lack of media attention, and political and diplomatic neglect.

Published on 05.05.2023

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